60 days in Costa Rica & Panama Itinerary

60 days in Costa Rica & Panama Itinerary

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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
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Liberia, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
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Drake Bay, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Boquete, Panama
— 5 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 7 nights

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San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Get outdoors at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and Poas Volcano. Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro), Tarcoles (Tarcoles Bridge, Nature & Wildlife Tours, &more) and Teatro Municipal (in Alajuela). The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose attractions website.

Tel Aviv, Israel to San Jose is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to San Jose. Traveling from Tel Aviv in March, things will get somewhat warmer in San Jose: highs are around 32°C and lows about 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Tours · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Volcano
Poas Volcano
4.1

1
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Tortuguero ©

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 24th (Tue), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park, and then see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tortuguero tour planner.

Getting from San Jose to Tortuguero by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Adventure · Outdoors
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Kayaking / Canoeing
Kayaking & Canoeing
4.5
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Natural History Museum
Sea Turtle Conservancy
4.2

7
nights

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
Get in touch with nature at Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall. Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to La Virgen to see Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll around Bogarin Trail, stroll through Proyecto Asis, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planner.

Getting from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Liberia.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Must see
Tabacon Hot Springs
4.4

5
nights
Liberia, Costa Rica

Liberia ©

White City

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Visiting Rincon de La Vieja National Park and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Hermosa and Playas del coco. Explore Liberia's surroundings by going to Rio Negro Hot Springs (in Rincon de La Vieja) and Shark Diving (in Playas del Coco). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Palo Verde National Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Cataratas Llanos de Cortes, look for gifts at Nahua, and explore the galleries of Costa Rica'n Art Craft.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Liberia trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Liberia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Liberia

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Shark Diving
Shark Diving
4.7

6
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll get in some beach time at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Avellana. Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Garra de Leon Golf Course. Take a break from Tamarindo with a short trip to Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal, about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, look for gifts at Tamarindo Jaime Peligro Book Store, and tee off at Hacienda Pinilla Golf Club.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Liberia to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

5
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Playa Samara, Costa Rica

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Barrigona Beach and Samara Beach. Get outdoors at Playa Guiones and Nosara Refuge for Wildlife. Explore Playa Samara's surroundings by going to Barra Honda National Park (in Nicoya), Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project (in Punta Islita) and Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary (in Nosara). There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara trip builder website.

Drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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Beach
Samara Beach
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5
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Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Take a break from the city and head to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Ecological Sanctuary. And it doesn't end there: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, stroll through Curi Cancha Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde visit planning site.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Shopping
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6
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Visiting Playa Manuel Antonio and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours will get you outdoors. Visit Parque Nacional Marino Ballena and Playa Biesanz for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store (in Dominical) and Jaco (Mirador de Jaco, Jaco Walk Open Air Shopping Center, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, walk around Parque Nahomi, see Off-Road Tours, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

4
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Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Drake Bay ©
Get in touch with nature at Corcovado National Park and Cano Island.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Drake Bay sightseeing app.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Boquete.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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Island
Cano Island
4.0
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National Park
Corcovado National Park
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching
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5
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Boquete, Panama

Boquete ©
Now known internationally for its fresh mountain air, year-round pleasant temperatures, and large community of North American expats, Boquete has changed rapidly since the start of the century, changing from a humble mountain town, into a humble mountain surrounded by gated communities and estates.
Escape the urban bustle at Sendero Los Quetzales (The Quetzales Trail) and Volcan Baru National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Boquete: Vivero Santamaria (in Dolega), Los Cangilones de Gualaca (in Gualaca) and Volcan (Sitio Barriles Museum & Raquel's Ark). There's lots more to do: hike along Eco Horqueta, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, and admire the sheer force of The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Boquete trip maker.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Boquete takes 4.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Drake Bay to Boquete is 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Boquete

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

7
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Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Get in touch with nature at Soberania National Park and Metropolitan National Park. Change things up with a short trip to Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion in Gamboa (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, head outdoors with Ancon Hill, appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenida Balboa, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Panama City online trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Boquete to Panama City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Panama City are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

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Must see
Panama Canal
4.6
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National Park
Soberania National Park
4.3

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